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Photo Hello, my name is Peighzley and I am one of many children with diabetes. First, to me, diabetes is a dreaded disease, that I say, shouldn't even be caught especially by children. Having diabetes really isn't that bad, I actually feel as if I'm still my regular person as I was before. When I found out I was diabetic, I burst into tears, and when I found out I could die from it, I started getting really angry and cried on my way to sleep every other night. What I would say to someone who was just diagnosed, is to hold on, and don't be afraid, because all you have to do is watch what you eat, take whatever the doctor says to take, and you'll be just fine.

Now it's time to talk about li'l ol' me. Once again my name is Peighzley Cash, born in 1992 on a Thursday. I was diagnosed on October 10, 2002 at 9:30 in the morning, on a Thursday. After about a week of having stomach pains, my mom started getting worried so she took me to the doctor just to make sure there was nothing wrong. That's when all of the tests started. The tests went on for over two weeks, and then after the last test came the results that said I had a disease called diabetes. My blood sugars were probably between 200 and 300. Then they said I was very lucky that my sugars weren't 900-1300. You couldn't tell, but I was very disappointed. During the meeting the doctor came in telling me what my tests were. Five minutes later my dad walked in. I gave him a big hug and they filled him in on the diabetic information and another doctor came in. She gave us the basics on what I can and cannot eat at certain times. Then another doctor came in and sounded very sad because I had a disease. She almost made my parents cry, especially my dad. Finally the last doctor came in. As soon as she came in, I gave her a big hug. She taught me when and how to take my shots, then told me when to take my blood sugars.

Well, there are two more things abut this diabetic conversation to report on me so hold tight a little bit longer. Number one, I live with my mom, sister, a retarded cat, a bearded dragon, and about 500 crickets. The cat is mine and the lizard is my mom's. I live with my dad every other weekend. My school surroundings consist of three girls that are very close to me. There are also two boys in my class, one who annoys me, one girl who is very mean to me, another little boy who won't stop looking at me, and a teacher who keeps me on my toes. I'm in the fifth grade: crazy life. I'm going through many obstacles but I manage to get through them.

After school, Monday through Thursday, I go to a program called Sports 4 Kids [S4K] with a fun coach and one silly dude who calls himself David. I'm on insulin and checking my blood sugars four times a day. I take insulin once a day, in the morning. I play the clarinet. I can play 'O when the Saints', 'Rudolph', 'Mary had a little lamb', and 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy'. My favorite subject is math because I'm always doing my best, and every year my teacher always believes in me, especially in math.

As you can see, I have another favorite subject: WRITING! I write at free time at school, at home, and any time I'm dying of boredom, I either make it writing time, or Play Station time. I'm very emotional, and you may see me cry over something that you wouldn't cry over. And that about tells it all for me. I think I am adapting well to my situation and I am glad that there is a web site where I can go and share my experiences with other kids that have gone through similar things.

You can e-mail me at my mom's address: okdunn[@]

Published November 25, 2002

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